Swap-bot Time: December 15, 2018 10:28 am


Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: December 15, 2018
Birthday: May 10
Country: Canada
things on Etsy that make me smile

About Me

November 21, 2018: Canada Post is in the middle of a rotating postal strike. Our mail is still moving but it is very slow. Please have patience, we are being told mail can be slowed into the New Year. I have reduced my swapping in accordance with this. I am still sending out wishes and RAKs and hope to see this problem resolved quickly and fairly.

I have abandoned Facebook. I am so much happier and not missing it. Thanks to @Paige1900 for forging the path.

Updated Jan. 14, 2018

Wow, 8 years! And I have loved every minute of it! Even the very trying ones. I have grown as both a person and an artist during my time here, and I am very grateful to those that have helped me along this journey. Some of ya'll are like a second family to me. :) Thank you for the encouragement and challenges these past 8 years. I look forward to the next ones...

I really am a hippie soul deep down. My mom used to always say I was born in the wrong era because I have always been fascinated with other decades (not so much the actual history but design, culture, attitudes, beliefs,etc) I LOVE the Art Deco period, some of the most beautiful architecture and design elements came out of that time period. I embrace the fact that Vancouver has many Deco Era buildings that survived all the fires over the years. And then of course the 60's-70's Hippie Era. The colours, the designs, the attitudes. Sigh

Detail image of one of my favourite buildings- the Marine Building We are a relatively young city, so our history is still developing.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art has become a new love over the last few years. I really enjoy making/decorating my own envelopes and postcards. I am usually up for private mail art swaps. Let me know if you are interested. I try to photograph and post my creations to my Instagram (linked above). I forget a lot of the time, haha.

I may have an addiction to my gelli plates. I have a few. And yes, I use them. I love to hit up my local Re-Use store (check if your town has one!) and pick up fun things like transfer foils and Braille paper for mixed media work. Ever gel print on Braille before? It is fun and interesting! It both pulls and leaves behind a wonderful texture. Music sheets, book text, and atlas pages are other favourites to work on. I like the idea that I am reducing waste, not creating more when I use re-purposed items.

I do sometimes make ATCs but only if the theme/subject is one I resonate with. And sometimes just because. Mostly I like to dabble in different media and am always doing something.

I have crocheted since childhood. I don't work the yarn as much these days but still pick up the hook every once in a while. I like to design my own intarsia designs for patches, blankets, and scarves. I also occasionally make amigarimi critters but not very often as they are tiny and drive me insane! So consider yourself special if you get one!

I am wanting to embrace painting more as well as getting over the fear of starting an assemblage piece. I have a few on the planner but haven't broken through to start them yet. I am also wanting to start making more little books this year. I have done a couple and loved how they turned out so will play with some more.

Favorite Books

I love to read but don't as often these days. I have been saddened by the death of Sir Terry Pratchett in 2015 and hence the lack of Discworld books. Perhaps it is time to re-read the series again... That being said, I have found a few more worthy authors over the last while.

I love a good heavy Sci -fi, anything with great scope that covers the tough stuff (Vernor Vinge is awesome for this, IMO).

Others I happily read:

  • Neil Gaiman

  • Warren Ellis

  • Douglas Adams

  • John Barnes

  • Orson Scott Card

  • Paolo Bacigalupi

  • Stephanie Plum series

  • Hunger Games trilogy

  • Gaiman's Sandman comics

  • Transmetropolitan series

    And I am in love with The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson ! She makes me laugh, cry, snort, and believe that I am not as crazy as the mean portion of my brain tries to insist I am! If you haven't read her blog or books, do yourself a favour and give her a try.

Favorite Music

My music tastes are all over the place! I love rock, 80's, dance, techno, jazz, classical, swing, industrial, some country, some Top 40 and most anything in between.. I am always looking for new stuff to listen to. If you have a suggestion, send it my way. I grew up in the era of mix tapes...

I love a good rhythm, fierce female vocalists, good lyrics, slide guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc...

Favorite TV and Movies

I haven't had a TV or cable for a few years now. And I don't miss it. I watch shows/movies online when I feel the need. Mostly I watch Youtube videos. Or listen to music.

I have a weakness for internet cartoons. Foamy the Squirrel (WARNING: this may offend many people!) is my absolute fave!

I loved Coraline (both movie and book), but anything by Neil Gaiman is pretty good. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Good Omens and can't wait for them to finish filming!

Being in Vancouver we get a lot of movies and shows filmed here. I got to watch parts of Deadpool 2 filmed during the summer, as well as shows like iZombie, The Flash, as well as a bunch of shows for other countries. I am constantly detoured around the city.

Things that make me smile

Themes and imagery I enjoy:

  • Gudetama! That little egg butt makes me smile!

  • sticker flakes

  • Trees/branches/leaves

  • spirals

  • mushrooms

  • Goddesses

  • Green Man

  • Steampunk

  • goth

  • Gothic-Lolita

  • Art Deco

  • Art Nouveau

  • Bettie Page/pin-up/burlesque/vaudeville

  • vintage circus/freak-show

  • hippies (colours/patterns/design/etc)

  • fairies

  • dragons

  • some gnomes

  • skulls/skeletons/anatomy

  • tarot

  • anything Halloween

  • Moon/Stars/Galaxy

  • underwater/JELLYFISH!/ Octopus/ coral/ etc

  • CAULDRONS! and witch hats, really anything 'witchy'

  • broken/mismatched jewellery

  • Keys - I have collected interesting and odd keys my whole life. I just love to think of the stories behind them.

  • Your art! - This means I am not easily offended. Nipples don't scare me, and we all are nude under our clothes! If it is edgy, I'll probably love it. Art should create strong emotions, this includes love and hate. Please don't ever fear sending me something you think is 'risqué'.

I pretty much enjoy playing around with new to me items. If I can't make it work for me I never hesitate to find someone that loves it! I will re-gift if something isn't to my taste or I can't alter it to be.

Postcards: I love to receive postcards. Touristy are not my favourite but I will not rate down for them as long as they meet swap requirements. Otherwise, I am happy with most anything you choose to send. I am not picky as I like the messages you write and the images that I really like get put up as wall decoration. The others get stored in my received postcard collection. I like to flip through them every once in a while.

I love die-cuts in most any shapes. I do not have a die-cut or embossing machine. If you do and wish to share some die-cuts I would love it. My favourite is re-cycled materials such as food boxes and plastic containers. The plastic makes for great masks/stencils. Thank you.


This is a pretty short list, I think.

SCENTS: Patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, vanilla and anything really 'sweet' smelling.

I am also allergic to apples. Strange, I know.

I have recently developed a slight (?) allergy to wheat.

Please, no butterflies! I have so many and I am really over the butterfly trend. Please save them for a person that loves them.


milamilamura rated for Treat Yo Self on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: OMG girl, you really went above and beyond and I freaking love it! I'm completely blown away by your handmade watercolor, it's amazing and I can't wait to give it a try! And the mermaid charms, OMG adorable! Thanks for the unicorn items as well and the sequins, they are gorgeous and perfect for shakers! I haven't played with transfer foil but I'm excited about it and the tea sounds absolutely delicious as well as the honey sticks. The chocolate looks like my kind of thing and the gummies! I've been dying to try that brand for so long, thank you! It's like you read my mind! We definitely have to have another swap, I wish I had sent other stuff than edibles lol, next time I'll send off some crafty goodies as well :) And thanks for the Halloween card! Hope the Halloween mail I sent you arrives on time and Canada doesn't go on a strike. Have a wonderful week and thanks for such an AMAZING swap!!
Response: I'm thrilled that you love it all! I loved putting it together for you and can't wait to get the next one together for you! I'm excited to hit the local Christmas markets to see what kind of goodies I can find :) Have a fabulous week and I look forward to our next swap.
laterdayze rated for Happy Mail, Yay! - Halloween #3 on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and goodies!
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart. I hope you enjoy the season! :)
fatimahsb rated for NH Mail Art swap on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: thank you so much for the amazing envelop I really LOVED IT ❤️❤️
Response: I am so happy you enjoyed it! That travelled rather fast! I hope you enjoy swapping here and have many enjoyable trades!
Comment: Awesome packaging and stuff! Thanks!
Response: Glad it arrived safe. Thank you for the comment and heart. 😄 I enjoy putting these swaps together. It really helps me remember what I have in my stash.
Faith2001 rated for June: Simple Storebought PC swap on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the card. I got it after school had already started, but my summer was good thanks for asking!
Comment: Thank you for the great selection! I also found fire to be a challenge, but I think you did a great job! I especially love the handmade stickers.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I am a bit ashamed to say I don't recall which handmade stickers I sent for this one. But I'm happy you like them 😁
abbyaguas rated for Top Swap PC on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Hi Dawn, Thank you for sending me an illustrated Aladdin and the Flying Carpet card :) It's nice. I actually looove the sticker flakes you put in the card. It really made it special :)
Comment: Thank you!
CajunLady rated for What The Hell? PC Swap on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pc.
Comment: Thank you for the nice assortment of images and textures. The gel print of fig leaves is a beautiful thing.
Response: I'm glad you like it. I enjoy gel printing with leaves a lot. It is never predictable. Hope you are able o use some of the bits for your projects.
piratecaptainmo rated for Paper Sampler on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the awesome papers! I really like the little painting/printing samples! But the one that looks like bubbles is my favorite.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoy the selection! I love those bubble prints as well. I made those ages ago and have been hording them since. I have no idea why, they are super easy and fun to make! If you ever want to swap for some let me know. We could also do them as a group swap if you like. 😄
Comment: What an awesome envelope of goodies to get. I have committed a small journal to all 4 of these element swaps - I can't wait to have some time to get started this weekend. Thank you!!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. I am also looking at making separate journals for this as well. I am excited to work on them. :)
ccmmsu rated for junk journal supplies - Steampunk on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness! Thank you sooooo much! I could not stop oohing and ahhing at every new thing I pulled out. The fountain pen die cut is already in a journal. The vintage beads and lace make me swoon, as do the metal bits. I've never seen waterslides before, so I'm excited to try them. Seriously, I LOVE everything you sent (even the Rilakkuma memo - lol). A big ol' pile of hearts for you!
Response: I'm glad you are enjoying the selection! I have had the sheet with the pen image forever! I never knew what to do with it so decided to fussy cut it for you. Glad you like! Some envelopes just seem to come together effortlessly! Thank you for the lovely rating.
Comment: You definitely hit the mark!! Thank-you. Where did you find this fun vintage photo stuff?? My friend, Cynthia, who has recently relocated to Vancouver might connect with you as she identifies as hippie too and lives in Mount Pleasant.
Response: Glad you enjoy it all! Honestly, it is a mix-up of bits I have gathered over the years. Some from swaps, thrifting, hidden in my stash. The photo negatives are from a swap years ago (they are adhesive). Your friend will have a great time exploring here!
Tryph rated for junk journal supplies - In the Garden on May 21, 2018
Comment: Great variety. These are definitely going to get used! (P.s. Sorry for the late rating!)
Response: Glad it arrived. Thank you for rating.
jukejan rated for Junk Journal Shadowbook supplies on May 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous variety of items that you sent!
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to more swaps in this group. :)
loveualatte rated for junk journal supplies - flowers on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Wow wow wow what a beautiful amazing envelope! So pretty!! And thank you for the lovely things inside too.
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating! I am so glad you like it! i enjoy making those envelopes so much, I am always happy when they are appreciated. I hope you find use for the goodies I sent. :)
dodie rated for junk journal supplies - woodland on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Absolutly love everything. Love hedgehog...I also add it on my profile lol!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Those hedgehogs are really cute and I pick up more every time I see them. :) Thank you for the lovely rating.
stephiedee rated for PVT: HippieChick & stephiedee on Apr 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the great mixed media pc, Dawn! I love all the textures and symbols and bright pops of color.
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating. I'm glad you like it. I always have fun creating but sometimes get a little carried away!
Comment: Thanks so much for the postcard!
Response: I'm glad you like it! I think it is time to replenish my outgoing postcard selection. :)

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GuineverePendragon on Dec 12, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Washi RAK!! I loved all of them and also the beautiful handmade envie! Happy Holidays :)

suntattoo on Dec 8, 2018:

I received the stickers RAK yesterday. Thanks so much. I haven't looked at them yet, I just stuck it under my tree to open for Christmas :) Happy Holidays & thanks again <3

Ciska76 on Dec 5, 2018:

Thank you so much Dawn for the handmade envelopes you’ve sent me for my November wish (make a wish). I absolutely love them. I am looking forward to using them for my swaps. You also gave me some new ideas on how to decorate/make my own envelopes. I love making envelopes. Thank you! Have a lovely December 💕

Paige1900 on Nov 16, 2018:

Stopping by to say hi!

stephiedee on Nov 16, 2018:

✿.。.:☆ᴛʜᴀɴᴋ ʏᴏᴜ☆.:。.✿ for the big, beautiful birthday envelope of paper goodies, Dawn! I kept digging and kept loving everything...your painted papers & labels, the far out people and those day-by-day calendar pages. Lots of fun stuff to keep me entertained.

Sternenfee on Nov 14, 2018:

It was so nice to come home from my vacation and find your envelope of happy mail in my mailbox. Thank you for granting me a wish for the Make a wish October wishlist. I'm quite sure there's a craft project I can use the things in.

Whippet on Oct 5, 2018:

Happy October to you!
Hope you enjoy a wonderful Autumn. - Kathy

milamilamura on Oct 4, 2018:

Hi gorgeous! 💖


Paige1900 on Oct 4, 2018:

Paige1900 on Oct 2, 2018:

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